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Michelle Reynold's Nature Quilt exhibit at the SEC through Feb. 2015

Michelle Reynolds is an artist, writer, gardener, native plant enthusiast, and environmental educator. She is a contributing writer for Alabama Gardener Magazine, and for the DIY Network's Made + Remade. Creating nature-inspired art using recycled fabrics from her slipcover business, and telling stories through her writing, teaching, and through her story quilts, she strives to weave together lessons in sustainability and appreciation for the natural world.

On display in the lobby of the Southern Environmental Center is a collection of nature quilts inspired by adventures in Alabama's wild places and observations of wildlife. Non-traditional and story-like, the textile art depicts nature with a folk art sensibility.

Currently, Michelle is working on a show scheduled to open in May 2015 at Naked Art Gallery, where she sells her wearable art. The subject of the show will focus on a nature theme and include statements on sustainability and man's impact on our world.


Jennifer Daniels in Concert at the SEC

Friday, November 7th
Jennifer Daniels Southern Environmental Center Auditorium

Small Stages wraps up its 2014 season with Jennifer Daniels on Friday, November 7th. It's been close to 7 years since Small Stages presented Jennifer in a sold out, packed to the walls home south of town. We noted that she was performing quite a few headlining gigs at prominent southeastern folk venues this year and thought it was the perfect time to bring a favorite of Small Stages back to town. "Imagine a singer/songwriter whose songs are as lyrically rich, personal and poetic as Joni Mitchell's, while at the same time as ridiculously catchy as Cat Stevens. Now imagine the songs sung by a woman whose voice is sorta like Sarah McLachlan's, only it's both more powerful and more playful."

Show will start at 7:30 pm with doors opening at 6:30 for appetizers and socializing.

Phase II begins at Riley-Travellick EcoScape

Table & Benches

Work has started on Phase II of our Riley Travellick EcoScape. With the help of volunteers from Holcim (US) Inc., the area behind the pavilion was cleared of overgrown weeds and invasive shrubs and contoured to create a bio swale. Trees were retained wherever possible, or reused as pavilion benches. Starting in late August, BSC student volunteers will sow grass seeds and spread recycled wood around flower beds.

Float Your Boat 2014 | Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Family, Games, Beautiful Scenery, and Good Times! Come out and join the fun at the 5th annual Float Your Boat Summer Festival at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, on July 19th starting at 11am! Read more...

"An Eco Tale"

The following article by Michelle Reynolds about Turkey Creek Nature Preserve appears in the current edition of Alabama Gardener magazine. Please read "An Eco Tale."

BioBlitz at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

A BioBlitz is a snapshot -- a limited-time, limited-space species inventory of the organisms that live in an area. BioBlitzes let people get involved in the natural environment, increasing their awareness of and understanding for the environment.  For information about the April 25-26, 2014 BioBlitz, please click here

SEC featured in University Business

In an article entitled "Giving new life to old campus space", the Southern Environmental Center was featured in University Business, January 2014.  Click here to see the full article. 

New Turkey Creek Nature Preserve Blog

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve has a new blog! Through this site, our goal is to provide the public with a steady stream (pun intended) of information in topics relevant to the life of TCNP, ranging from history and the environment, to events and support opportunities. We have a fantastic group of contributing authors volunteering their time to help make this blog possible. Weekly updates are scheduled, with occasional bonus posts of supplemental materials. Click here to see the blog.

Living History at Turkey Creek

As part of its ongoing public education programs @ Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, BSC's Southern Environmental Center is partnering with Turkey Creek Long Rifles on a series of Living History demonstration weekends in 2013. These family friendly events feature story telling, cooking, flintlock musket simulations, and much much more. For additional information, contact TCNP Manager Charles Yeager.

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve Featured on CBS 42

CBS 42 recently visited Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Click the link below to see more of the Creek in this short video:
CBS 42 at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Southern Environmental Center receives GRO1000 Grassroots Grant

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company recently awarded SEC a $500 grant as part of the company's commitment to develop 1,000 gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe. ScottsMiracle-Gro will celebrate its 150 anniversary in 2018, and developed the grassroots grant program in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Garden Writers Association, National Gardening Association, and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. SEC will use the funds in support of its community EcoScape program.

New Website for Natural Areas in Birmingham

The Urban Environmental Studies Program at Birmingham-Southern has launched Trek Birmingham (, an online educational and recreational resource about the natural areas and nature education centers in the greater Birmingham area. Phase I of the project offers authoritative information about the ecology, geology, biodiversity, and watersheds of Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Site, Southern Environmental Center, Vulcan Park and Museum, Moss Rock Preserve, and Oak Mountain State Park. Other local destinations will be added as the site grows over time. The website was funded through grants and donations to the college from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Alabama Power, 3M, and the Stephens Foundation. BSC’s Dr. Scot Duncan, associate professor of biology, Dr. Ed Brands, assistant professor of geography, and Jeanne Jackson, director of the Hess Center for Leadership and Service, were instrumental in development of the site. Visit the site at, and read more at News@BSC.

Nifty gift ideas!

Get a great deal and help protect Turkey Creek Nature Preserve at the same time. Click here to see the merchandise!

WBHM's Tapestry Interview

Have you ever been walking down the street, noticed something in the trash, and thought - you know, in the right hands, that junk could "BE" something? That's the inspiration for the "found art" exhibits at the Southern Environmental Center on the campus of Birmingham Southern College. The center's director - Roald Hazelhoff - takes us on a tour.

Interview with Roald Hazelhoff or

See the "found art" described and take a virtual tour of the making of the Environmental Center.

Healing Gardens

Many in the healthcare industry are touting the therapeutic value of healing gardens. The American Horticulture Therapy Association says that these specialized gardens are becoming increasingly common around the U.S. Among their benefits: stimulating memory and alleviating depression. Those pluses are especially helpful for a group of senior adults living at the Princeton Towers in Birmingham's Arlington-West End neighborhood. Gigi Douban has the story.

Bama Environmental Newsletter

BEN is Alabama's first online environmental newsletter. Written and published by Pat Byington. BEN reaches more than 2000 environmental advocates weekly. Since BEN was founded in August 1998, more than 60 editions have been published with over 300 Alabama issues related stories being highlighted.

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